Mountain biking in Stowe
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Five Things Friday

As of yesterday, I’ve wrapped up my eleventh event of The CSA Cookbook Road Trip and have three more to go, all down the west coast. (I’m coming for you, Washington and Oregon!)

But before Will and I head to Bainbridge Island, we’ll be meandering across the northern Great Plains, eventually landing in Yellowstone to celebrate my birthday!

Here’s a Roadtrippers map of our driving itinerary for the next week. We’ll be covering a lot of ground across Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. I’m looking forward to having no commitments and simply enjoying the landscape as I reflect on reaching 35 years of life on this earth!

You can follow @gardenbetty on Instagram to keep up with my wanderings. Meanwhile, here were the five little things that made my week.

1. Mountain biking on our last day in Vermont. We discovered the locals’ gem, Cady Hill in Stowe, and it was unbelievable! The trails, the forest, the farms we passed along the way… I can’t wait to come back.

Taking the ferry from Vermont to New York across Lake Champlain

2. The Kia gets around! We’ve taken it through tunnels, across bridges and covered bridges, on Scenic Byways, National Parkways, dirt roads, gravel roads, and even car ferries! This ferry from Vermont to New York gave us an intimate view of Lake Champlain.

A sweet fawn found in the Adirondacks

3. We found this sweet fawn in the middle of the road while driving through the Adirondacks. She was the size of a small cat, completely curled up and surprisingly calm. Her mama darted off with another fawn as our car was approaching, so we left her where she was and hoped she’d move to safety.

The power of Niagara Falls

4. As a kayaker, I found Niagara Falls to be an especially breathtaking force of wonder. The falls were so powerful that the mist they created nearly covered them from view!

The Plant in South Side Chicago

5. If you’ve never heard of The Plant in South Side Chicago, it’s worth looking up. We unfortunately passed through on a day when they weren’t doing tours, but we were no less impressed with the size and scope of the project. The Plant bills itself as a net-zero vertical farm and food business incubator, and its mission is to foster sustainable small businesses and bring work into an economically depressed area. The surrounding land is home to vegetable gardens and a chicken coop.

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